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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many ways to get from Memphis to mostly anywhere in the country. Bus is accessible, as well as train rides. Usually people come from the same areas and are able to share ride.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Rhodes College is a gated 100 acre campus. If I'm to go off campus I am fortunate enough to ride with friends and have never really been exposed to Memphis public transportation.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Memphis does not have good public transportation, so it is best if you bring a car.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Most people have their own cars, but campus safety patrols the school 24/7. So if you ever need a ride to some place on campus, you can call campus safety and they will pick you up. Sometimes it takes them awhile to arrive, so you may want to call ahead of time so that you won't be late to wherever you're going.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Rhodes has Zip Cars that students can rent and use temporarily for traveling. Campus safety officers are usually around to give students a lift on campus, and even some areas off campus. All ID cards have a number to a taxi service in case we need one.


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One of the best parts of a small campus is that you can walk from one side to another in less than 10 minutes. Getting around campus is not difficult by any means, and students typically slide out of bed a few minutes before class and make it to their classroom before the campus bell tolls. However, sometimes, students need to get away for a little while. Maybe lunch at the Rat or Lair isn't appealing, and you're craving Memphis barbecue, or there's a concert at Minglewood Hall, or you just need to get away from people and the "Rhodes Bubble" for a little while. Whatever the reason, students agree that there's too much outside the gates to spend your whole college experience on campus.

Most students avoid public transportation at all costs. It is known to be pricey and somewhat unreliable, although luckily it isn't as dangerous as one would assume. Having a car or a friend with a car seems to be the most ideal option for getting around the city. Don't freak out if you can't bring your car; it usually isn't difficult to find someone willing to drive you some place or even let you borrow his or her car if you're trustworthy enough. Another option is checking out one of the campus's Zipcars, but they can get costly. As far as taxis go, some Rhodes students use them for nights out, since they take away the stress of finding a designated driver and a good/cheap parking spot, but they also tend to get costly unless you can find enough people to split the fare. Plus, sharing a cab means that you avoid directly dealing with the crazy Memphis drivers! 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike and a can of pepper spray
  • Bring your own car
  • Get a ride with a friend
  • Zipcar
  • The trolley
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20.
  • Ask a friend very nicely to drive you.
Local Taxi Services
Bartlett Taxi is a popular taxi company; their phone number is (901) 383-9000. Other cab companies include Checker Cab, City Wide Cab, Germantown Taxi, Metro Cab, and Yellow Cab.
Did You Know?
  • There is a Care Cab system at Rhodes that allows a cab to serve students; no cash is required, but a voucher must be completed at Bailey Lane gatehouse. This means that intoxicated students do not have to worry about finding a ride home, even if they have no money at the time. This system reduces the chances of students being stuck in compromising locations and getting behind the wheel while under the influence. Rhodes heavily promotes the use of this system and other methods of preventing students from feeling forced to drive drunk.
  • Campus Safety has been known to pick students up and drive them wherever they need to go around campus if it's pouring rain, late at night, or simply a long-ish walk.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Care Cab
(901) 577-7777
Daily 24 hours
Rhodes College Safety Escorts
(901) 843-3880
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

MATA is a city-wide bus system; call for schedule and route information.

(901) 274-6282 schedule info

(901) 722-7100 administrative offices

(901) 522-9175 comments/compliments/complaints

444 N. Main St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Memphis International Airport

This airport is only about 15 minutes away from campus.

2491 Winchester Road

(901) 922-8000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


There are several Greyhound locations in Memphis; the following is the closest to campus. It's approximately four miles away.

203 Union Ave.

(901) 523-9253

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is located in downtown Memphis, approximately five miles from campus. For schedule information, call (800) USA-RAIL (872-7245).

545 S. Main St.

(901) 526-0052

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 17% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 64% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 42% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 29% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 21% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 21 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 47 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 64% Fairly easy.
  • 13% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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